Cork Chamber of Commerce held an inaugural London dinner this week, launching an initiative to showcase opportunities in the Cork region.
The event aimed to highlight Cork’s potential to UK based investors and their employees, in what will be the second largest English speaking city post Brexit. As part of its ‘Connecting Cork’ project, the Chamber hosted its first invitation-only dinner for around 150 influential Irish business leaders who are based in London.
Discussing the event, Chamber president, Barrie O’ Connell, said that the key message is Cork means business.
In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, Cork must be proactive in promoting the Cork region on an international stage, and where better than with our nearest neighbours in the UK?
The event, organised in partnership with Irish International Business Network, IDA Ireland and Irish Funds, featured a panel discussion with Cork-based business leaders, including Donal Sullivan, VP of Johnson Controls, Peter Coppinger, CEO of Teamwork.com and Peter Kane, Managing Director of financial services firm, Citco Fund Services.
Mr Coppinger said companies, such as his, need four things to be successful;
We need access to talent, great office space, internet connectivity to the rest of the world, and a great lifestyle – and Cork has all of those.
The gathering provided an opportunity for Cork Chamber to hear from the Cork diaspora in the UK on what investors are looking for and how best to market Cork abroad. ‘Connecting Cork’ initiative aims to position Cork internationally and build connections in key global cities and markets.
Chamber representatives met with key business leaders and organisations in San Francisco, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, earlier this month. Cork’s twin city, Shanghai, is the next destination for Cork Chamber, when they visit on a similar trip in November 2016.
You can listen interview with Chamber president, Barrie O’ Connell and Red FM here.